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School principal with motor neurone disease surprised by Harley Davidson bikers

Children from Tor Bank School cheer on principal Colm Davis as he is surprised by Harley Davidson bikers

A POPULAR special school principal who was diagnosed with motor neurone disease received a surprise yesterday from a group of Harley Davidson bikers.

Colm Davis from Tor Bank School in Belfast received his diagnosis last year, preventing him from taking his position as president of the National Association of Head Teachers (NAHT).

About 100 school leaders from across the UK are gathering in Belfast for the NAHT's national executive conference. Members are discussing a range of issues facing the profession, in particular funding.

Yesterday, Mr Davis, a Harley Davidson enthusiast, was surprised at his school by bikers from the Northern Ireland chapter of the Harley Davidson Owners Group, and brought to the conference venue.

The bikers were there to support the launch of NAHT's charity partnership for 2017 with the Motor Neurone Disease Association.

NAHT President Kim Johnson, said: "Colm and I have bonded over our shared passion for Harley Davidsons during our time working together at NAHT. I was deeply saddened by the news of his diagnosis, as were our fellow members of the Harley Davidson Owners Group.

"Inspired by Colm's commitment to those with disabilities and determination to raise awareness of motor neurone disease, HOG bikers from Belfast agreed to take part in this surprise for him something I know he will hugely appreciate. I can't think of a more fitting tribute to the many years Colm has dedicated to the education of children here in Belfast."

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